Name: Jerrod Heard
High school and hometown: Heard is from Denton (Texas) Guyer High School.
Position: Heard is an athletic dual-threat quarterback.
Height and weight: Heard stands 6'2, 190 pounds.
Ratings: Heard is rated as a consensus four-star recruit by 247, Rivals, and Scout, and is not yet rated by ESPN. He's also rated as one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country.
Offers: Heard has offers from Texas, Baylor, LSU, and Nebraska. He committed to Texas in August of 2012.
Twitter: You can find Heard on Twitter @JHeard2. Here's a taste of what you'll find:
When I saw that spider I knew the night was done #scary— Jerrod Heard (@JHeard2) February 16, 2013
Jerrod Heard Class of 2014 QB - Denton Guyer (via TexasPreps)
SB Nation Recruiting's Wescott Eberts:
At 6'2.5, Heard doesn't have ideal size for the position, but his true dual-threat credentials help make up for any limitations imposed by his height. With speed that appears to be somewhere in the 4.5 range, Heard is highly dangerous in the zone read game, as well as scrambling to make plays with his feet. During his sophomore season, he ran for 650 yards and five touchdowns before ramping up his production to over 2,100 yards as a junior.
Throwing the football, Heard has a compact delivery without wasted motion. Since Guyer runs a multiple offense that works out of both the shotgun and under center, Heard is probably more developed as a drop-back passer than most signal-callers his age who operate exclusively from the gun and also has experience with his ball-handling executing multiple run fakes on the same play.
Heard shows evidence of being able to move in the pocket while keeping his eyes downfield, as well as the ability to get his feet set and step into those throws when he has enough time to do so, an underrated quality for a quarterback that Robert Griffin III did as well as any quarterback in recent memory during his time at Baylor.
Aided by BCS-level receivers like class of 2012 prospect Connor Crane (Stanford) and class of 2013 prospect Ellis Jefferson (Arizona State), Heard had some large windows to throw into as a sophomore, but showed strong accuracy in many of those situations in his highlights, more often than not dropping the ball in without the receiver having to break stride.
On a highlight reel, it's difficult to get a good read on his decision-making abilities in adverse situations, but throwing 10 interceptions in 223 attempts is a decent number, but ideally a quarterback is closer to 30 or more attempts between interceptions than just over 20, at least at the college level.
Here's the assessment of Heard after seeing him live at the Colleyville Heritage SQT back in early June of 2012:
In strong contention for the title of top quarterback in the state for his class, Heard started as a sophomore at Guyer and looked in full command on the offense -- a maturity beyond his years. Still at a slight 6-3, the true dual threat will have to add some muscle frame to his frame to survive the pounding he will take in college football.
As a quarterback, Heard has good mechanics except for his elbow, which he would be well served to keep higher while in the pocket to further shorten what is already a pretty compact throwing motion. He has plenty of arm strength, as evidenced on multiple throws well across the field.
At times, he can spin the football with the best of them, but the ball did flutter on him when throwing downfield, though it didn't seem to impact his accuracy, which was pinpoint the great majority of the time. Heard isn't a full-fledged gunslinger in the mold of a Jay Cutler or Brett Favre, but he did force the ball into small windows on several plays against Jesuit, one of which led to that late interception -- it's possible that maturing in terms of working through his reads could solve that issue.
During his junior season, Heard led Guyer to a state championship, throwing for fewer yards than in his sophomore season, but reducing his interceptions from 10 to 7 and rushing for 2,138 yards and 35 touchdowns on the ground.
No single play was bigger than his touchdown run to help spark a late comeback for Guyer. On the play, Heard ran through four defenders despite a frame that needs to add some weight to become more durable in college, showing the type of competitive greatness that defines the top prospects.
When Guyer needed Heard to make winning plays, he made winning plays.
There are, after all, some major reasons why Heard is considered far and away the top quarterback prospect in the 2014 class in the state of Texas.
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